Twitter users pour scorn on Eamonn Holmes for 'bizarre' Easter Sunday tweet
A tweet sent by Eamonn Holmes about the importance of Easter Sunday has provoked some mocking and acerbic responses on Twitter.
The Belfast-born celebrity, who is married to his This Morning co-host Ruth Langsford, used his page to inform followers of the special occasion.
He wrote: "Since you are unlikely to read it anywhere else... let me tell u today is the most important day in the Christian Calendar... #EasterSunday'
The 56-year-old's statement to his 900,000 followers quickly provoked a reaction, sparking more than 1,700 likes and 420 retweets, with many responding to the father-of-four with sarcasm and others thanking the Sky News presenter for reminding them of the day.
In a seemingly mocking tweet, Amoebatron wrote, "Thanks Eamonn for opening my eyes", while Nick Sheridan posted, "Not heard of this. Are there any books, films, public school or persistent global institutions where I can learn more?"
David Jackson added: "Tell me what happened then all those years ago. I would love to know. Jesus did what?"
And Tony Jackson tweeted: "All that compulsory Christian RE & school church services we suffered must have been a bad dream."
Another Twitter user added: "Mate, cheers for the heads up. Just Googled 'Easter'. Had never even heard of it before."
Holmes' Twitter presence has been particularly heavy over the past month after an operation has kept him off work.
The presenter underwent double hip replacement surgery in February, and the operation has seen him take time away from the This Morning sofa.
He is expected to return to the popular show in 10 weeks' time. In the meantime, while Eamonn recuperates, Ben Shephard has taken over presenting duties.
Workaholic Holmes recently started a new job with TalkRadio - an all-speech offshoot of UTV's national cash-cow Talksport - and his first guest on last Sunday's morning show was Apprentice star Karren Brady. Last year, he became Britain's most prolific presenter after signing up to host a documentary series about the super-rich on Channel 5 - a deal that meant he held contracts with four of the big five broadcasters at the same time.
His normal day job is anchorman on the Sky News Sunrise programme, but, along with wife Ruth, Eamonn also presents the This Morning programme for ITV on Fridays. The former UTV journalist was also an occasional presenter on Songs Of Praise and other programmes for BBC.
With the TalkRadio deal, Holmes is once again living up to his reputation of rarely turning down jobs.
He once told an interviewer that, having grown up in a Belfast council estate in an environment where unemployment was constantly knocking on the door, it was not in his nature to reject offers.